As Australia goes into lockdown in response to the rising outbreaks of the deadly coronavirus, many Aussies are reflecting upon just how much they’ve taken for granted. As restaurateurs and cafe owners struggle to stay afloat, adapting to delivery-only models, lots of us are missing the great dining experiences on our doorsteps already. While we’re all grateful for the opportunity to spend more time with our families, many of the activities that we enjoyed are simply no longer an option. As much as we love our families, it’s perfectly natural for tensions to run high in the household, especially as food and other resources grow more erratic in supply. 

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With this in mind, here are some ways in which you and your family can stay healthy, happy and sane while on lockdown…

Set yourself cooking challenges

Your favourite bars and cafes may have closed their doors, and supermarket shelves may be sparse, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t treat the family to delicious meals every day. It just means that you’ll need to get a little more creative in the kitchen. Set yourself cooking challenges to pair up odd ingredients that might otherwise sit unloved in the fridge or pantry. Try new flavour combinations and take risks. You might just discover a new favourite dish that remains a staple of your culinary repertoire for years to come. 

Plan your next getaway

You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone, and as we spend more time in the nests we’ve built for ourselves, it’s natural to pine for all that beautiful scenery that we’ll be missing out on. Still, turn that pining into anticipation. Start planning your next family getaway together. Even if you’re not in the position to book anything just yet, that doesn’t mean that you can’t find a caravan park in Brisbane, a hotel in Sydney or a B&B in Melbourne that would be the perfect spot for your next getaway, whenever it may be. In these uncertain times, it’s especially important to have something to look forward to.

Set up at least one quiet room in the house

Inevitably, you’ll face times when you need to get away from it all. From the by-the-hour news updates to the trials of working from home and even your beloved spouse and kids. You need a quiet space where you can be alone to exercise, meditate, read a book or just relax your mind. Set up one quiet room in the home that everyone can access. Avoid bringing in smartphones or other devices. All who use it will emerge from it feeling a little calmer, more relaxed and refreshed.   

Make use of your garden

Finally, access to the natural world such as trees, plants and fresh air are crucial to our wellbeing. But while we’re in lockdown our access to these is likely to be very limited. With that in mind, if you’re lucky enough to have a garden, be sure to make use of it as much as possible. You may not realise it right now, but it could be your greatest ally in protecting your mental wellbeing and combating stress and anxiety. 

Stay safe!